U.S. adults consume more meals and more calories, data show

06/30/2011 | Reuters

The number of daily meals and snacks consumed by U.S. adults increased from 3.8 in 1977 to 4.8 in 2006, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina. The study in the journal PLoS Medicine found that while meal portions have stabilized in recent years, Americans in 2006 were consuming 570 more calories a day than they were in the 1970s, with nearly 40% of the extra calories coming from sugary beverages.

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